This series of guitar fretboard lessons will provide the necessary
groundwork for becoming an exceptional
guitarist - and that's not hype! Many guitarists neglect learning the
fretboard and seriously limit their potential as
If you want to be able to improvise (play what you feel, in
the moment) on
guitar confidently, this section
is especially crucial. Knowing the fretboard gives you the roadmap for
making your own music with intuition and purpose.
But it's not difficult - you just need the right process, and
that's why I created these lessons.
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Why Learning the Guitar Fretboard Will Make You a Better Player
a map without any roads or locations to show you a) where you
and b) how to get to your destination. Pretty useless, right? Well
that's how the fretboard is likely to appear at first!
In order to know exactly
where you're going, you need some points of reference - knowing how one
relates to another on each string.
Your first task is to understand the basic
function of the fretboard, starting with knowing what
when they say the "8th fret" (for example), numbering your frets and
understanding the significance of the 12th fret (i.e. why does the 12th
fret have a different inlay marker?).
Each fret/string represents a note from the "musical alphabet" (A
through G). We need to know where
these notes are on guitar so we always have a reference
will ensure you can instantly locate any note no matter where you are
neck. You'll see notes referenced in music all the time, so this
is crucial stuff, but should only take a week or so to memorize.
While learning the notes on each fret/string is important, you'll need
to break up that large block of notes so you can
compartmentalize the fretboard more efficiently. Your next step,
therefore, is to explore the visual relationship
between notes across multiple strings. This is your first
step in seeing patterns
(or "shapes") emerge from the fretboard.
Already, through these three lessons, you'll have the key reference
points you need to move from fret to fret without guesswork or undue
hesitation. You'll see just how valuable and integral to your playing
this skill becomes the more you progress.